After a lengthy, and brave battle with multiple myeloma, Frans passed away at Exeter Villa on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 of Exeter in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Lea (Denys) Vanneste for over 58 years. Loving father of Paul and Sarah Vanneste of Lucan, Ann and Dan Rooth of Strathroy, and the late Brian Vanneste (2018). Loving grandpa of Michael and Amanda, Kaitlin, and Benjamin Rooth; Johnny, and James Vanneste. Dear brother of Cesar and Ellen Vanneste, Rosa and Jim Chambers, Eric and Janice Vanneste, Roland and Sandra Vanneste, Jeannine Vanneste, and Marion Vanneste. Dear brother-in-law of Edith and Harry Ansems, Christiane Verlinde, Mona De Brouwer, Frieda Verellen, Lina Straatman, Daniel and Mary Anne Denys, Rika and John Aarts, John and Marilyn Denys, Marlene and Rick Mazur, and Magda Denys. Frank will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Demetria Vanneste, brothers Abel, Willy, and Gerard Vanneste, sister Frieda Spruytte, and brothers-in-law Martin De Brouwer, Marcel Verlinde, Frank Verellen, Leo Straatman, and Jerry Spruytte. Frank was a past president of Middlesex Federation of Agriculture (1972-1973). He was a lifelong cash crop and vegetable farmer in McGillivray Township. The family wishes to send a sincere thank you to all the doctors, nurses and health care staff involved in his care over the years, especially Dr. Louzada, and Dr. A. Jain.
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Sunday from 1-4 PM. Prayers will be said in the funeral home at 2:30 PM. The Funeral Mass will held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 69219 Bronson Line, South Huron (Mount Carmel), on Tuesday, February 13th at 11 AM, Father Len Desjardins, Presiding. Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Precious Blood Church-Building Fund or Exeter Community Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.